In an unexpected move, the Houston Texans on Friday fired general manager Brian Gaine.

“After a thorough evaluation of our football operations, we have decided to relieve Brian Gaine of his duties as General Manager,” Texans chairman and CEO Cal McNair said in a statement. “Brian is a man of high character and we appreciate his contributions to our organization. We will begin an immediate search for a new G.M. In the interim, football operations will be led by senior vice president of football administration Chris Olsen. While the timing may be unusual, this decision was made in the best interest of our organization in our quest to build a championship team for the city of Houston.”

Gaine had run the Texans’ football operations since January 2018, when he took over for Rick Smith, who stepped down to care for his ailing wife. He oversaw two drafts for the club, and one season in which the Texans went 11-5 and won the AFC South.

Gaine had worked as the VP of player personnel for the Buffalo Bills before his 2018 arrival in Houston. That 1-season stay came after a 3-year run as the Texans’ director of player personnel.

Houston is the second NFL team with a GM vacancy at this time, joining the New York Jets.

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